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Electric Home Piano
A rare vintage classic, reinvented
With only a small handful ever made, this 1970s electric piano was specifically made for use in the home. A vintage sound you know and love with some unique twists and a special mojo.
The traditional sound of this rare piano has been captured with our reputed attention to detail. We also recorded an innovative technique of meticulously hand-muting the metal tone bars, unlocking a distinct percussive sound which is unlike any other electric piano.
Included are a set of complimentary textural sounds, crafted from the original recordings which take this classic electric piano into a completely new and exciting space.
An super rare electric piano
Unique percussive techniques
8 beautiful textures
4 microphone positions
Uses the free Kontakt PLAYER
Works in all major DAWs
Compatible with NKS
See it in action
Listen to Electric Home Piano
“GET IT! You will not regret it!”
Made in October 1977, there was only a small handful ever assembled, with some estimates as low as 25 units.
46-year old sounds, reinvented for today
In true Westwood style, we took the original recordings and crafted eight unique textural sounds. Using reel-to-reel, guitar pedals and other methods of re-sampling, they sound like an aged analogue synth and compliment the electric piano perfectly. Some are off-pitch and warped, others are deeper and more pure.
Each one can be altered in character and tonality in its own individual way using the texture fader. Play them on their own, or in any number of combinations to hear the sound of this electric piano in a completely new and re-invented way.
A percussive way to play
We developed a way to play the piano which creates a unique percussive sound and wouldn’t be achievable playing live.
During sampling we dampened each of the metal tone bars by hand, which prevents them from vibrating and produces a very short round sound.
There are two variations and both are perfect for fast arpeggiated patterns in the style of Steve Reich and Nils Frahm.
Cassette recordings included
The original piano was made for use in the home, so it has a cassette recorder built-in. You could play along to your favourite album or more importantly to us, record yourself playing the piano.
So during the sample session, we put everything on to a stack of cassette tapes and sampled these along with the live recordings.
Behind the recording
Recorded at The Nave, one of the UK’s finest recording studios; a converted church with an amazing sounding live room. Engineer Tom Orrell used a set of classic microphones and vintage outboard to tailor the perfect sound for the piano
A Neumann U87 was placed on the speaker grill for a really dry and close perspective. A pair of Neumann KM184s were used for the metal tone bars. AKG C414s, created a more typical tree-style position and will give you a well balanced and open sound. Lastly, high up in the gallery were a pair of omnidirectional Oktava MK-12s. The secret weapon among engineers for their excellent detail, these will give you the full natural studio sound and allow you to hear the beautiful decay of The Nave.
We collected this really wide range of perspectives for you to mix exactly the sound you need. If you want something to work with out-of-the-box, there’s a production-ready, natural sounding mix provided too. Everything was recorded through through Neve and API preamps, an AMEK Rembrandt desk and captured using world-class Apogee AD16X analogue to digital convertors.
"When we found this rare version of such a classic instrument and played it for the first time, we knew we had to do something special with it."
Founder, Westwood Instruments
Created in our new framework
Electric Home Piano has been created in our freshly designed framework for Kontakt, called Evergreen.
Built from the ground up as a universal home for all of our upcoming acoustic and orchestral based sample instruments.
SOUNDS & SIGNALS
Soft Electric Piano
Soft Tone Bars
Muted Tone Bars
A production-ready mix created from the main microphone positions.
A close and clean signal recorded a few inches from the built-in speaker.
A beautifully balanced stereo position, allowing the sound to breathe.
A high up and diffused perspective for the true sound of the studio.
Natural vibe and mojo.
Captured directly from the built-in cassette recorder.
Individual controls for:
Key noises, tone bars and the sustain pedal.
Good to know
Mac OS 10.13 or higher
Windows 10 or higher
All major DAWs supported
3.7GB download size
Downloads using the free Pulse app
Native Access is required for license activation.
Free Kontakt Player
This sample library works with the free version of Kontakt PLAYER 6.6.1 or higher and is NKS compatible.
Every copy of Electric Home Piano is automatically watermarked for each customer with unique identifying information which we use to track piracy.
What makes this electric piano different to any others?
A rare model, expertly recorded in a beautiful sounding studio, played using some interesting techniques and re-worked into 8 additional characteristic sounds.
Will this work in the free version of Kontakt?
Yes. Alt Piano works using the free Kontakt Player, version 6.6.1 or higher.
Many of our other instruments do need the full version of Kontakt, so please ensure you have the correct version before purchasing anything from us.
What type of music is this instrument suited for?
The electric piano has been a classic sound for decades, finding its way in to countless genres of music. You may not find it in a recital of the William Tell Overture, but we think it’s game-on for pretty much everything else from 70s soul to contemporary cinema.